|Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.—VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam was elected to sit on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the first time, this week.
It is now one of 14 new council members for the 2014-16 tenure - receiving 184 votes out of a total of 192, the highest number of votes among the candidates elected to the council on November 12.
Viet Nam's selection for the position shows that the country has won high degree of confidence from UN member states, Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said.
Minh noted that running for a seat in the UNHRC was an important step for Viet Nam on its road to achieving its foreign policy goals of being a friend, a reliable partner and a responsible member of the international community.
"This determination [to run] reflects the State's view of human rights as a common aspiration of human beings," he added.
During the next three years Viet Nam, as a UNHRC member, will make contributions to the common affairs of the council.
The Government will continue following its domestic policy on human rights while performing its tasks and commitments required of a member of the UNHRC and the UN.
"We will let the world know the reality of respecting and guaranteeing human rights in political, economic, social, cultural and civil issues in Viet Nam," he said.
Viet Nam has worked to implement the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to bring tangible benefits to people, he said.
He would highlight the positive results on poverty reduction, efforts to ensure food security and social welfare, and the good implementation of MDGs in order to refute misinformation about human rights and the political situation in the country, Minh said.
He stressed that Viet Nam's election to the UNHRC with the highest vote is of great significance.
He believed the tally showed the international community's acknowledgement and appreciation of Viet Nam's current policies and achievements in its comprehensive renewal process, including the building a state of law that offers a better guarantee for citizens' rights.
In the ongoing amendment of the Constitution, a crucial political cornerstone, the issue of human rights had been given special attention by recognising the Constitution's basic function in ensuring representing and protecting human rights and the rights of citizens, Minh said.
He also stressed the importance of promoting Viet Nam's active international integration into the wider arena of politics and the global economy. — VNS